Senior OL Epps now a leader at Louisville

University of Louisville senior offensive lineman Aaron Epps is one of two returning starters on the line and has become a leader for the Cardinals this season.

Starting his senior year, offensive tackle Aaron Epps hopes to help take this University of Louisville football team to the next level this coming season.

The 6-foot-7, 288-pound Epps became a key player to the offensive line last season - starting the final six games of the season - and is now one of the two returning starters on this year's offensive line at Louisville.

Epps has also taken on a larger role in leadership with the Cardinals. After being announced captain this year, Epps plans on taking on leading this Louisville team to reaching goals set as a team, ensuring success.

"I've really tried to become a leader because that's important," Epps said. "We have a lot of younger guys on the line, so someone needed to be a leader and that's what I've tried to do."

Epps has big expectations for his team this year, tall orders in what he hopes for in the end results. Epps believes in the importance of team chemistry hoping to build his offensive line both on and off the field.

In taking on a leadership role, Epps is making sure he is available to help the younger guys in making sure they together become successful, reaching out and making sure he is always available to come to. Epps tells his teammates that if they have questions, come to him, shoot him a text, and he will be sure to help the best way he can.

"We have been competing and working hard every day," Epps said. "In our line room, we try not to worry about what's going on anywhere but in our room. I think everybody has reacted well and I've just tried to become a leader.

"We have a good group of guys."

U of L offensive line coach Chris Klenakis speaks highly of what we should expect from Epps this season, calling him the leader of the line. Epps redshirted in 2011 and sat out 2012 with an injury before playing in seven games in 2013.

He played in 11 games last season for the Cardinals.

"He's really improved and is the leader for us," Klenakis said.

Epps expects a lot from his team this year, knowing that they will step up to his tall orders. The ultimate goal: winning that title but taking every victory on the way.

With a big season on the horizon, Cardinal Authority asked Epps what motivated and gets him ready for each game and his answer a a little bit of a surprise - the night before every game he makes sure he eats dinner next to Coach K.

Oh, and he eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Here's hoping for big things from Epps, big things from his leadership, and a ton of really good peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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